|TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps WiFi-N Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Joey Peng - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 09 September 2010|
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TRENDnet TEW-691GR 450Mbps Wireless-N Router Review
Wireless-N routers are quickly making its way through the industry, providing a significant speed increase over previous wireless standards given you own a proper adapter. This time around TRENDnet releases one of the first 450Mbps Wireless-N Routers. Its raw power is attractive for any setting up a network shared by many users. The TRENDnet 450Mbps WiFi-N Gigabit Router does not come cheap, so Benchmark Reviews will dive in head-first to see if it's worth the price.
While many manufacturers offer routers supporting wireless N, not many reach the 450Mbps mark. Three antennas give the router three spatial streams at a channel width of 40 MHz, compared to four which is the theoretical max for Wireless N. Of course in practice it's highly unlikely to be attaining these speeds. It's expected to be seeing a throughput of something like 200Mbps. Compared to the 54Mbps (theoretical max) that Wireless G routers offer, this is a huge improvement. For most homes it will become completely unnecessary to wire your computer again.
The TRENDnet TEW-691GR's price is in the high-end category. Its raw speed already makes it outstanding but we'll have to see if it actually delivers the connectivity we're looking for. Benchmark Reviews will be testing the throughput as well as evaluating its features as a high end router.
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by TRENDnet.